1/28/2007 10:31:08 PM
With all but one rink decided for the 2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, curling fans in Lethbridge can look forward to a strong field.
With defending champion Kelly Scott of Kelowna, B.C. representing Team Canada, a number of familiar names will be challenging for her title.
Among them is 2005 Scott Tournament of Hearts champion Jennifer Jones, who defeated Darcy Robertson in the Manitoba final. Jones made news earlier this month when she dropped lead Dana Allerton in favour of veteran Janet Arnott heading into provincial playdowns.
B.C.'s Kelley Law, who won the world title in 2000 with third Georgina Wheatcroft, advanced to the Scotties with a win over Patti Knezevic. Law also earned a bronze medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Calgary's Cheryl Bernard defeated former Scott champion Cathy King of Edmonton in Sunday's final. Bernard appeared in the 1996 Scott event and has been a perennial power on the Women's World Curling Tour in recent years.
Heather Strong returns to the Scotties from Newfoundland and Labrador after edging Cathy Cunningham. Last year in London, Strong was named skip of the second all-star team.
In Ontario, defending champion Krista Scharf from Thunder Bay defeated Jenn Hanna in the page playoff game and then disposed of Sherry Middaugh in the final to return for her second straight Scotties chanpionship.
After a one-year hiatus, New Brunswick's sandy Comeau returns to the national stage, after beating defending provincial champion Andrea Kelly in Sunday's final.
Nova Scotia's Jill Mouzar advanced to her forst Scotties event, after upending Kay Zinck, who had legendary Collen Jones playing third. Mouzar won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in 2004.